9 Show-stoping Gorgeous Restaurants in Atlanta


1. The Americano at the Intercontinental Hotel

The dark and brooding interior is contrasted with modern sculptures and the unique wire light fixtures add a warm glow, while pops of green add a cool touch to the interior design. All come together to make for a superb date night spot or birthday celebration.

Celebrate at The Americano Atlanta. You’ll be rewarded with a perfectly romantic vibe.

Besides absolutely stunning design (love those chic dark walls), the food and will blow you away! The Versace on the Floor is unlike any other cocktail I’ve had. The foamy sweetness on top hits you first but then followed by the spicy treat on the bottom. It’s like 2 drinks in 1!

Tuna and beef cheeks are the perfect way to to begin your meal and if you like steak, get the tasty ribeye.

2. St. Cecilia

Any foodie that’s lived in Atlanta for a short amount of time will know the name Ford Fry and his exquisite restaurants spanning everything from European to Tex Mex. Consistent across all restaurants is fabulous service. At St. Cecilia, you’ll find Mediterranean food (with a slant to specialty pastas) is the focus here.

Everyone makes an entrance at St Cecilia as you access the dining area by walking down a sweeping staircase. Arrive earlier than your reservation and savor a cocktail or a glass of wine at the expansive curved bar topped in beautiful Italian marble.

For parties of four the round tables adjacent to the bar are a terrific choice as you’ll have views of the bar, dining and even the kitchen. But my favorite area is just beyond this (it’s the area that sits agains the wall and has several cozy booths. Make sure to request one of these when you make reservation, if you’d like to sit here as there are only a handful. However, even

Soft colors are welcoming with hardwood floors and wood tables in contrast the white marble bar with a burst of lime lighting on the seats. Watch our short video here:

Kitchen at St. Cecilia in Atlanta
Food at St. Cecilia

Look to your server to recommend an excellent cocktail or glass of wine. While pastas may not be a priority, the pastas at St. Cecilia are light and airy. Protip: If you can’t decide on one pasta you don’t have to! You can get half portions of their pasta dishes? I couldn’t decide between the crab spaghetti or the beef cheeks angolotti so I had both!

3. Fia at the Burgess Hotel in Atlanta

Pop in for a cocktail at Mr. B at the Burgess hotel in Atlanta

The cozy restaurant, Fia, has seating with a view to all the action in the kitchen, complete with wood-fired grill, if you desire. The best seating is against the back wall but I’d recommend sitting against the back wall where you can see not only the kitchen but also the colorful lobby and bar as well. 

Photo credit: FIa Restaurant
The duck is outstanding but be sure to save room for the delicious citrus trifle at this outstanding Atlanta hotel!

When it comes to hotels and hotel dining you will forget you are in a hotel at all. The entrance and restaurant are both incredibly cozy and welcoming. The entire hotel (even the rooms) are decorated with treasures from the owners’ travels around the world. There’s a wood burning oven and the warm hummus is a must order. Make sure to stop at Mr. P’s for a drink at the bar and post for a picture.

4. Atlas inside the St. Regis

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Pretty cocktails at Atlas restaurant in Atlanta

Don’t you love when a restaurant has multiple areas to savor so you can fully enthrall yourself in an evening out. This is what an evening at Atlas is like. You can start (or finish) your meal sipping a cocktail by the cozy fireplace. Of course if it is warm enough you could even have a drink by the fire pits. 

This Lobster from Atlas restaurant, y’all!

Plus, you’re surrounded by famous artists when you dine at Atlas in Atlanta (well, their work)

Van Gogh, Matisse…you know all those famous artists? Atlas has an amazing collection of their work all throughout the restaurant. If you ask, you’ll probably get a map and information about the paintings and their artists. So, when you visit Atlas restaurant, you not only get dinner but it’s like visiting a museum too.

How’s the food at Atlas? Every bit a work of art too.

5. Knife makes a mark in Buckhead

Knife, a Mediterranean restaurant, takes it’s design and menu cue from the regions that make up the blissful area of Europe.

Knife Atlanta

From the owner, Ali, “From Italian floors to furniture from Spain, to paintings from a Moroccan artist depicting individuals from South of France, Italy and Spain to the food” everything is Mediterranean inspired. “The knife was inspired by our vision to honor chef’s most important tool, but as a hospitality focus, we strive to sharpen our skills and hospitality standards everyday”

The Baba Ganoush at Knife Atlanta is some the best ever!

One thing we loved is the various seating areas – the bar is comfy and inviting for solo diners. Against the back wall are cozy booths to snuggle up to your sweetie, but for even more privacy there’s the back room which could even be used for a private party.

Gotta stop and get a photo in front of the infamous Knife

6. Le Colonial in Buckhead Atlanta

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The Shops in Buckhead Atlanta are arguably the city’s Rodeo drive. And the restaurants must be up to the highest standards as well. Le Colonial pays homage to Saigon in the 1920 and we think they nailed it with the decor. While the dining room is quite comfortable, there’s another room just for lounging.


Food is exquisite and as expected, you’ll pay more than you might be used to your at your typical Vietnamese restaurant, but rest assured, this experience is anything but typical.

7. Mission + Market in Buckhead wows with impressive design elements

Mission + Market’s lovely decor with “living walls”

Even before you enter the restaurant there’s an instagrammable background that many were already taking advantage of. And then there’s the interior of the restaurant with high ceilings and warm woods that play off the metal structures hanging from the ceilings. There’s more than color, though, there’s texture too at Mission + Market. The faux grass walls and turquoise velvet booths sound like they could be too much (almost gaudy in description), but they are actually quite beautiful in the upscale restaurant.

If you love seafood, don’t miss out on fish specials when you are dining at Mission + Market in Buckhead. We loved this snapper!

8. Le Bon Nosh – wine bar and more in Buckhead

Come one, come all wine lovers to this magical spot in Buckhead.

The Captivating bar at Le Bon Nosh

The focal point of this beautiful restaurant is the gorgeous bar. Is it the chandelier that hangs from the top beckoning you to have a seat at the bar? Or the plush, peach barstools? Maybe it’s the curved background of the backlit mirror. Whatever it is, you can’t help but feel special when you dine at Le Bon Nosh.

Food at Le Bon Nosh is as pretty as the decor (almost)!

The food is as pretty as the decor (well almost). Fish was perfectly cooked.

Truth: I thought that a fancy French restaurant would be snooty, but they weren’t. They couldn’t have been kinder. My server was happy to make excellent wine recommendations that I loved.

Watch our video at Le Bon Nosh!

9. Chops Lobster Bar (still a star after many years)

Chops Lobster Bar in Buckhead (Atlanta)

Once the darling of all restaurant groups in Atlanta, Chops Lobster bar remains quite popular. Even on a Thursday evening they were packed. Sadly they were plagued by a fire which led to a remodel. They’ve fused the modern with the proper service you’d expect from The Buckhead Life Restaurant Group.

Ribeye at Chops / Lobster Bar

So which of these jaw-dropping luxurious restaurants will you visit first in Atlanta?

About the author

Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!